Recent Happenings

It’s been too long! But I’m finally at a place where I have a renewed vitality for blogging and crafting again. 2017 was epic for me and my family. We’ve had the lowest lows and the highest highs. I plan to post about this in a couple months, but long story short: we are adopting a baby boy! Needless to say, our lives were turned upside down, but it was looooong awaited. But more on that later…

I’ve been pretty active on Instagram this past year, and looking back I think I’ve been hitting the crafts a lot more than I remember. There was the white blanket I knitted for my nephew that arrived in May (I didn’t get a full pic of that one though! oops!), and the hot air balloon baby quilt I made for a friend at work who had a baby in June.

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I made a little onesie iron-on for our adoption announcement

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and sewed some curtains for our bedroom makeovers!

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Then there was the Christmas stocking I rushed to complete in time to send over to my new nephew. A few years ago when my whole family was here from the UK visiting Idaho for Christmas, I sewed everyone matching Christmas stockings. I since sewed one for my niece when she was born, but this one for my nephew is the last matching one I’ll make for the extended family, before it gets too crazy! Anyway, each family is bound to have their own styles, so it’s time to let that go.

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Anyway, feel free to browse over on my Instagram to see more adventures and crafts that I’ve done.

As I’m getting back into blogging, I’m going to be bringing some more structure and planning to my posts. I’m really excited about how much will change and progress through the coming year, and I’m anxious to share this journey with you.

Thanks for reading!

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6″ block frenzy

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notice anything in common between these blocks? if you’re as much of a Sweetwater fan as i am, you may see that these fabrics all come from Sweetwater collections. in fact all but the hexie block are made out of mostly Boathouse. the hexie fabrics come from Wishes.

and the reason for all these Sweetwater fabric blocks? well… an instagram contest! up for grabs? lots of sweetwater fabric. they are my absolute favourite fabric designer, and i HAVE to be in the running for this. so far, i’ve entered all five blocks under the hashtags #12contestssweetwater and #sweetwaterfabric. i’m definitely going to enter a couple more before the deadline at the beginning of March.

love me some Sweetwater!!

Road 15 Plans

I bought this ‘fat eighths’ bundle of Sweetwater’s Road 15 fabric a couple of years ago. Sweetwater bundles are my kryptonite. I go weak at the knees with each new collection, and I’m breathless until I own some. Wait. Maybe it’s like reverse kryptonite. I need it to survive! I digress…

The perfect project came along for me to bust into this little bundle without having a panic attack. Enter the 2017 Swoonalong! Using any one of Thimble Blossom’s Swoon patterns, bloggers, instagrammers, and quilters everywhere are making swoon projects and sharing with the #swoonalong.

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Now, before I really get going, it’s time for the obligatory pre-de-bundlifying photoshoot. Isn’t she so pretty?! I can’t wait to see how this quilt turns out.

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It’s been pretty cold around here in south western Idaho. This winter has been a snowy one. It’s broken all kinds of local snow records. This is the most accumulation and snow days this region has had since records began in 1940! At one point, the snow was up to my knees as I trooped through the back yard to get some snow pics.

We’ve had quite a few robins pillaging around our garden. I love watching them swoop and hop around amongst the snow. They’re definitely a different looking species here in Idaho than I’m used to seeing in the UK. Somehow British Robins are just cuter!

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Devonshire Clotted Cream Fudge

I’d not been successful at making fudge before. At least the kind that I’m used to. Not the Americanized ‘fudge’. But I found this video on Youtube and thought I’d take another stab at it. This chef has another video on how to make clotted cream, and that’s the step I need to get better at. Anyway, they turned out amazingly!

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They are so rich and bursting with flavour, you’ll want to savour these for a long time.

I set up the clotted cream overnight, then whipped up the fudge pretty quick in the morning. It didn’t take long at all. You will need a sugar thermometer though if you want to be accurate.

Let me know if you give them a try!

Traveling Quilt Bee interest??

I would love to participate in a traveling quilt swap, and I’m looking for interested swappers! If you would be interested, or have a suggestion for the swap, fill out this form. I’d love some feedback!

A few of my faves that I’ve come across…

bee-blocksTraveling Bee / Round Robin Quilt made by the Circle 7 bee members

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I love the thought of starting something beautiful and have other people’s ideas blossom into something amazing that I never would have thought of doing.

I’m game… are you?!

I did it again… more kids!

I so intended to bring blogging back into my life, but, life had other plans. As always! A new shipment of foster kids arrived (I don’t mean that to sound offensive… More like happy mail!) in the form of three sweet kiddos: a 9 yr old girl, 2 yr old boy and sweet 8 month old girl. They are SOOOOO cute! I don’t like to post a picture so soon, so you’ll just have to believe me. CUTIES!

Anyway, despite the *minor* disruption πŸ˜‰ I have made a little progress on my Campside shawl…

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I have to finish off the last section of eyelets, them I’m on to the edging. So excited to wear this on the cooler autumnal evenings.

Cath Kidston Sew Together Bag

I. love. this. bag.

This is the second bag from this pattern that I’ve made, and I love it! I don’t usually buy a lot of bag/pouch patterns because I find they don’t quite fit the purpose I’m trying to achieve. Instead I get inspired and muddle through coming up with my own creation. But seeing all the pictures of this bag on instagram and various blogs, there’s not a lot about it that I don’t like.

The bag is so spacious, useful for many things, and super easy to make. Naturally, after you’ve made it once, you have a better idea of what you’re doing, and it just goes faster.

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I only had a fat quarter of each print (8 prints), so I had to use them throughout the pattern. And I love the ‘scrappy’ look, while still having cohesiveness. Look at all those pockets!!

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I quite like working with zippers, and these are the easiest yet! There’s no special treatment, like adding zipper tabs (at least to these three). Just sew along the edges with your zipper foot. There are, however zipper tabs on the long, outer zipper, but they’re not too bad.
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The red dot fabric gives the binding on top a nice pop of colour.

BindingMy favourite of all the fabrics has to be the blue ‘cloud’ flowers lining the end pocket. I only have a few little scraps of this left, and a few scraps of the rest. It may not make more than a cute throw pillow, or mini quilt, but I’m waiting for the right pattern to come along for that.

BlueSo if you’re interested in making your own Sew Together Bag, the pattern can be found for purchase on craftsy right here. Or if you’re not a sewer, I’m sure I can be bribed with chocolate to make you one! πŸ˜‰